You have often heard us speak of dopamine, the brain chemical involved in both motivation and addiction.Ai?? Those familiar with Brain Typing further know that Front brain dominant individuals produce more of it.Ai?? Combine this with Right brain dominance (FR) and you make for a person who has a tendency in life to be more outgoing, more in-the-moment, and an overall inborn tendency to ai???just do itai???.Ai?? For Back brainers, life comes a little more slowly.Ai?? Granted, there are plenty of ai???Bai??i??s out there who have energy and drive (especially with better diet and exercise), while you will find plenty of Front brainers out there who do not, but in the end this is the overall tendency.Ai?? You have also heard us speak of the dangers of coffee and other agents that can temporarily increase your dopamine levels, but how about the flip side?Ai?? Can anything naturally increase my levels?Ai?? We have mentioned in previous articles the benefits of exercise and proper diet, but here is another one for you.Ai?? Music.
Yes, music.Ai?? People are drawn to music largely for the same reasons they are drawn to drugs, gambling, and even romance ai??i?? it causes your brain to release dopamine (we highly recommend staying away from the first two options!).Ai?? In a recent study headed by Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal, he and his colleagues recruited eight music-lovers who brought to the lab samples of music that gave them chills of pleasure.Ai?? The musical genres included classical, jazz, rock and popular music.Ai?? After 15 minutes of listening, scientists then injected each person with a radioactive substance that binds to dopamine receptors.Ai?? ‘With a machine called a PET scanner, the scientists were then able to see if that substance simply circulated through listeners’ blood, which would indicate that they had already released a lot of dopamine, and that the dopamine was tying up all available receptors.Ai?? If most of their dopamine receptors were free, on the other hand, the radioactive substance would bind to them.’ (http://news.discovery.com/human/music-dopamine-happiness-brain-110110.html)
The results were conclusive.Ai?? Each participantai??i??s brain released large amounts of dopamine when they listened to music that gave them chills, while their dopamine receptors remained wide open when listening to less moving music.Ai?? Not only that, just the anticipation before hearing a part of a song caused the brain to produce dopamine!Ai?? Yep, you know that wonderful feeling you get right before hearing a particular chorus?Ai?? That, in part, has to do with dopamine.Ai?? Be careful, though, as music can also become mildly addictive, and the wrong kinds can negatively affect heart-rate and blood pressure.
Interestingly, the most popular selection was Barberai??i??s Adagio For Strings.Ai?? For a possible dopamine boost (depending on your taste in music), turn up the volume and click the play button below.